I urge you to read the above article. It exemplifies just how far we have come from our country’s Christian roots.
Over the 4th of July weekend, I took my daughter and son to an Idaho Falls Chukars baseball game. This is a tradition I began a few years ago. There is nothing better than enjoying our nation’s past time on our nation’s birthday. During the game, I contemplated just how great our country is; where I have the freedom to take my children to a baseball game.
The game was a fast-paced pitcher’s duel and before we knew it we were in the seventh inning stretch. As many baseball fans know, this is the time to stand up and stretch and to partake in baseball’s national anthem, Take Me Out to The Ballgame. In near perfect unison the entire crowd stood up and sang with joy this carefree sacred song of baseball. I belted out the words (at least the ones I could remember) with as much fanfare as I could muster. I glanced at my son whose grin seemed to spread from earlobe to earlobe. Each person seemed connected with America’s past time.
After we sang this illustrious anthem, the PA announcer asked everyone to stay standing and to take part in the singing of God Bless America. I thought to myself, this is perfect. In a game that at times can be filled with contention, we are acknowledging the Creator of all. He, who has given us this great country, even the game of hot dogs, swinging sticks, and warm summer evenings. This was heaven.
But my American baseball utopia quickly turned to disappointment and sadness. When the music began to blare, I noticed that there was a small contingent of baseball fans who sat down and stayed seated throughout the playing of God Bless America. I was proud of the teams, however, the players on both teams stood in reverence with their hats off and on their hearts (some of whom aren’t even American citizens).
But at a game, where we as Americans celebrate the freedoms we have because of God, why would some of America’s own sit down in defiance of this great song? Could it be because the word “God” is used? Are these the same people who support taking “God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance?
I don’t know. It’s not my right to judge them. They can sit if they want. That is what is great about America. These fans who sat in defiance have a right to do so. But what upsets me is that if we mention God in anything, the atheist, the agnostic, and the Godless are offended. Well…sorry…I am offended when we fail to mention God in all that we do! He is the creator of all. He is the reason why we have this great country. This nation is the promised land as stated in 2 Nephi Chapter 1, Verses 9-10:
9 Wherefore, I, Lehi, have obtained a apromise, that inasmuch as those whom the Lord God shall bring out of the land of Jerusalem shall keep his commandments, they shall prosper upon the face of this land; and they shall be kept from all other nations, that they may possess this land unto themselves. And if it so be that they shall keep his commandments they shall be blessed upon the face of this land, and there shall be none to molest them, nor to take away the land of their inheritance; and they shall dwell safely forever.
10 But behold, when the time cometh that they shall dwindle in unbelief, after they have received so great blessings from the hand of the Lord—having a knowledge of the creation of the earth, and all men, knowing the great and marvelous works of the Lord from the creation of the world; having power given them to do all things by faith; having all the commandments from the beginning, and having been brought by his infinite goodness into this precious land of promise—behold, I say, if the day shall come that they will reject the Holy One of Israel, the true Messiah, their Redeemer and their God, behold, the judgments of him that is just shall rest upon them.
Verse 10 illustrates what we as a nation are facing today. We are destroying our country by taking God out of the picture! The Constitution is definitely hanging by a thread. It is up to us, as God-fearing American citizens, to take a stand. To acknowledge God in all that we think, do, speak, and write. Only by not turning way from our Creator will our beloved country be saved.
Banishing God from Our Classrooms – Part 1
Banishing God from Our Classrooms – Part 2
Banishing God from Our Classrooms – Part 3